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The Princess Bride by William Goldman 22 53.66%
Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow by Jerome K. Jerome 19 46.34%
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:12 PM   #16
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I'm totally cool with you voting (I vote in the literary polls) but I thought the plan was you don't vote in the polls so you can break ties?

Or is it that you vote in the first poll because ties will both go to run-off, but you don't vote in second poll in case of a tie?...
Well, I got to thinking that there's no need to save my vote to be a tie-breaker in the first vote. If a tie happens in the first vote, we'll just have more than two selections in the run-off poll. I won't be voting in the second poll, however, unless a tie-breaker is needed.
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:19 PM   #17
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Substitute Confederacy of Dunces for “the one with the obscene title” and my thoughts exactly....
Another hilarious selection. Ignatius J. Reilly is one of the most naturally humorous characters ever created.
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:56 PM   #18
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I went for The Princess Bride. It really sounds like something special.
I've never read the book (although I've owned a physical copy for years), but I love, love, love the movie and still quote it quite regularly today.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:38 PM   #19
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My choice (the one with the obscene title) didn't make the cut. I should have voted for The Night Life of the Gods by Thorne Smith. Then it would have at least made the final vote since it would have tied for second place. That's a very funny book about an inventor who's constantly blowing up his lab, his busybody relatives who all (except for his niece) hate him, and some Greek gods brought to life by SCIENCE and ready to paaaar-tah!
I would have been majorly chuffed if The Night Life of the Gods got into the run-off as that was my vote.

However, Jerome it is.

I would love to read The Princess Bride, but I don't want my wallet to get a look-in for this month. I already purchase Shutter Island and have yet to fit it in.
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My choice (the one with the obscene title) didn't make the cut. I should have voted for The Night Life of the Gods by Thorne Smith. Then it would have at least made the final vote since it would have tied for second place. That's a very funny book about an inventor who's constantly blowing up his lab, his busybody relatives who all (except for his niece) hate him, and some Greek gods brought to life by SCIENCE and ready to paaaar-tah!
It's now on my TBR list.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:09 AM   #21
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Though I love Jerome and his dog, I have to say that, while The Princess Bride may be the only book Goldman ever wrote that was worth a second look, it is a brilliant lie. Not fiction, but a flat out lie. The movie was nothing. To watch this man set out to break every literary convention and finally fail miserably in the end is an absolute delight. This is a literary work, in spite of its author. So I am voting for it. I have no idea what the above argument is about - but you know, I'm okay with that.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:31 AM   #22
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It now appears to me that if the preliminary vote were held all over again, my nomination The Night Life of the Gods would come in first!

I'll have to nominate it again the next time there is an opportunity.
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It now appears to me that if the preliminary vote were held all over again, my nomination The Night Life of the Gods would come in first!

I'll have to nominate it again the next time there is an opportunity.
Yeah looks like it, I thought there would be a little more enthusiasm for The Princess Bride since the movie is so awesome.
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:04 AM   #24
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I voted. I will be please no matter how this goes, but I think I'll be comparing The Princess Bride movie to the book from page one, and the formatting to Three Men in a Boat with the beautiful work of art available here.
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I went for The Princess Bride. It really sounds like something special.
Agreed. It's a gem.
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:35 PM   #26
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I went for Idle Thoughts for a few reasons. 1) It just sounds like an interesting book to me. 2) It is free (not that it matters to me since I have a paper copy of the Princess Bride). 3) In this case especially, I don't think the book can live up to the movie.
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Princess Bride for me. I loved the movie. Can't wait to read the book.
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Well, I got to thinking that there's no need to save my vote to be a tie-breaker in the first vote. If a tie happens in the first vote, we'll just have more than two selections in the run-off poll. I won't be voting in the second poll, however, unless a tie-breaker is needed.
Makes sense!
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The posts seem about evenly split so far so it'll be interesting to see the results to the poll.

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I went for The Princess Bride. It really sounds like something special.
Yes, this also intrigued me in the description:

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...the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling...
And it said that it's set in 1941, which is different from the film that's set in the 80's; although that's only a small part of it, it's a noticeable difference.
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